HAMPTON – The Hampton City Council voted to terminate the employment of John Spraggins, the city’s public works director, at an emergency called meeting Friday morning.

Spraggins was fired with a 5-1 vote, with Henry Byrd voting against the termination, following an executive session that lasted over an hour and a half.

The meeting was called on Thursday afternoon.

Little information was provided about the termination at Friday’s meeting. Both Mayor Steve Hutchison and City Manager Alex Cohilas stated the firing was related to an ongoing investigation.

Hutchison and Cohilas both declined to comment on the investigation. Cohilas called it a “personnel matter.”

Spraggins had been the director of public works for the city of Hampton, and was responsible for repairing, operating, and maintaining the city’s sewage system, water system, electrical system, all city streets and all city property, including the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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